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I have a question for you. Is sending thank you notes after a job interview really that important? I have always been under the impression that sending a thank you note to the people who interview you is the right thing to do, but I have a friend who works in one of those job recruiting agencies who think that sending thank you notes is not only a waste of time but also something that people do not do anymore. When I mentioned the topic to him, he said that employers do not really pay attention to those types of letters anymore and that in his experience, he has never seeing an employer making up his mind about who he/she likes for the position based on a thank you letter. Is that true? Is he correct when he said that sending thank you letters is something of the past?
The Confused Job Seeker
Dear Confused Job Seeker,
I am not sure in what world does your friend lives, but I do not think he is right. Sending a thank you letter is still considered a very important part of the job seeking process. Some people do not see the importance of writing thank you letters. Others see it as a waste of time and even when they know how important that little gesture is, they fail to do it. Here are four important reasons why I think that you should always send a thank you note after a job interview.
Reason # 1: It shows the interviewer that you are really interested in the position.
Reason # 2: It shows that you appreciate people’s time and effort.
Reason # 3: Helps the interviewer in remembering who you are after the other interviews are completed.
Reason # 4: Helps you establish a networking connection with the interviewers.
There you have it. Sending a thank you note it is a very important part of the job application process. So important that it could be the reason why you did or didn’t get that job that you were being interviewed for. If you are in the active process of finding a new job, do yourself a favor and start writing “thank you” notes after interviews are completed. Believe me, as insignificant as that little gesture is; it could be the key for your success.
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